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Police Cooperation On Nuclear, Radiological, Biological And Chemical Terrorism

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Concern over nuclear, radiological, biological and chemical risks, known generically as NRBC risks is nothing new. The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons was signed in 1968 and came into force on 5 March 1970. Non-state actors, however, do not sign these Conventions and the main cause for alarm over weapons of mass destruction at present is in relation to trafficking and criminal use. It can be concluded then that from a conceptual and a normative point of view the United Nations contribution to counter-terrorism has been unceasing, necessary and vital, but not sufficient. NRBC terrorism aims to cause chaos and promote terror and panic. The police response in this preventive strategy, including the operational response to mitigate the consequences of terrorist attacks, includes the creation of special units which are considered an essential part of the integral response to the new international terrorism.

Keywords: counter-terrorism; international terrorism; NRBC terrorism; terrorist attacks; United Nations

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